BERLIN/HELSINKI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package.
BERLIN - Greece's economy minister said it would be better to link the country's debt repayments to its economic growth rate as it needs a feasible solution to bring its sovereign debt under control.
MADRID - Tens of thousands marched in Madrid on Saturday in the biggest show of support yet for Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, whose policies and surging pre-election popularity have drawn comparisons with Greece's new Syriza rulers.
ATHENS - Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis brought forward a planned meeting with his French counterpart to Sunday, amid signs of widening differences between the new leftwing government in Athens and its international creditors.
CAMBRIDGE, England - ECB Vice-President Vitor Constancio said on Saturday that a decision on whether to give Greece emergency funding would be up to the central bank's Governing Council.
HELSINKI - A deal on extending Greece's bailout deal must be found by the end of February or the European Central Bank will not be able to continue lending to its banks, ECB council member Erkki Liikanen said on Saturday.
BERLIN - Germany's Finance Ministry denied on Friday a media report that Berlin would be ready to discuss a new aid package for Greece of up to 20 billion euros if the new leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted supervised economic reforms.
ATHENS - Greece's new leftwing government has asked the heads of the state privatisation agency to resign after halting state asset sales agreed under the international bailout programme, the agency's chief executive Paschalis Bouchoris said on Friday.
LONDON/ATHENS - While Greece's new leftist government seems set on a collision course with the European Union, it is likely to steer clear of confronting the country's critical shipping industry.